Quarter ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 1 March 2031 at 04:02 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1936".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2031 after 7 days on 9 March 2031 at 04:30.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 385 of Meeus index or 1338 from Brown series.
Length of current 385 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes shorter than next lunation 386 length.
Length of current synodic month is 44 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 25 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠41.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠70.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
10 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2031 at 00:35 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 2 March 2031 at 18:57 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 404 453 km (251 315 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 533 km (251 365 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 28 February 2031 at 11:02 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 March 2031 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 20:54 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠21.491°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-21.353° in its southern standstill point on 15 March 2031 at 19:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 9 March 2031 at 04:30 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.